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The tables below list the greatest man made structures in order of their most prominent attribute.

See Also: Astronomical Superlatives, Human Superlatives, Natural Superlatives, World Records.
 

Tallest Structures

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Structure

Location

Completed

Height m (ft)

Warsaw Radio Mast

Konstantynow, Poland

1974

645 (2 118)

KVLY TV Mast

Blanchard, North Dakota, USA

1963

628 (2 063)

Nextstar Broadcasting Tower Vivian

Vivian, Louisiania, USA

1961

534 (1 752)

KFVS TV Mast

Egypt Mills, MIssouri, USA

1960

511 (1 677)

KOBR TV Tower

New Mexico, USA

1960

490 (1 608)

KWTV Mast

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

1954

479 (1 572)

Empire State Building

New York, USA

1930

381 (1 250)

Chrysler Building

New York, USA

1930

319 (1 046)

Eiffel Tower

Paris, France

1889

300 (984)

Washington Monument

Washington DC, USA

1884

169 (555)

* No longer exists
 

Longest Suspension Bridges

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Name

Location

Span m (ft)

Completed

Akashi Kaikyo

Kobe-Amaji Island, Japan

1991

1998

Store Bælt

Zealand-Funen, Denmark

1624

1998

Humber

Hull, England

1410

1981

Jiangyin

Jaingsu province, China

1385

1999

Tsing Ma

Hong Kong, China

1377

1997

Verrazana-Narrows

New York, USA

1298

1964

Golden Gate

San Francisco, California, USA

1280

1937

Höga Kusten

Kramfors, Sweden

1210

1997

Mackinac

Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA

1158

1957

Minami Bisan-Seto

Sakaide, Japan

1100

1988

 

Largest Steel Cable Stayed Bridges

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Name

Location

Span m (ft)

Completed

Tatara

Onomichi-Imabari, Japan

890

1999

Normandie

Le Havre, France

856

1995

Nancha

Nanjing, China

628

2001

Wuhan Baishazhou

Hubei province, China

618

2000

Qingzhou Minjiang

Fuzhou, China

605

2001

Yangpu

Shanghai, China

602

1993

Xupu

Shanghai, China

590

1997

Meikouchuou

Nagoya, Japan

590

1998

Skarnsundet

Trondheim, Norway

530

1991

Queshi

Shantou, China

518

1998

 

Largest Arch Bridges

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Name (Arch Material)

Location

Span m (ft)

Completed

Lupu (Steel)

Shanghai, China

550

2003

New River Gorge (Steel)

Fayetteville, USA

518

1977

Bayonne (Steel)

Bayonne, New York, USA

504

1931

Sydney Harbour (Steel)

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

503

1932

Wanxian (Concrete)

Sichuan province, China

420

1997

Krk 1 (Concrete)

Krk Island, Croatia

390

1980

Freemont (Steel)

Portland, Oregon, USA

383

1973

Port Mann (Steel)

Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada

366

1984

Jiangjiehe (Concrete)

Guizhou province, China

330

1995

Yongning (Concrete)

Guingxi province, China

312

1996

 

Longest Rail Tunnels

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Tunnel

Location

Length m (ft)

Completed or Estimate

AlpTransit Gotthard

Switzerland 

57 072 (187 244)

2015

Seikan

Japan

53 850 (176 673)

1988

Channel Tunnel

France / England

50 450 (165 518)

1994

Moscow Metro

Russia

38 900 (127 625)

1983

Guadarrama

Spain

28 377 (97 100)

2007

London Underground

United Kingdom

27 840 (91 339)

1939

Hakkouda

Japan

26 455 (86 795)

2013

Iwate

Japan

25 810 (84 678)

2013

Lainzer / Wienerwald

Austria

23 844 (78 228)

2015

Iiyama

Japan

22 225 (72 917)

2013

 

Longest Road Tunnels

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Tunnel

Location

Length m (ft)

Completed or Estimate

Laerdal

Norway

24 510 (80 413)

2000

Zhongnanshan

China

18 040 (59 186)

2007

St Gotthard

Switzerland

16 918 (55 505)

1980

Arlberg

Austria

13 972 (45 850)

1978

Hsuehshan

Taiwan

12 900 (42 323)

2006

Fréjus

France / Italy

12 895 (42 306)

1980

Mont-Blanc

France / Italy

11 611 (38 094)

1965

Gudvangen

Norway

11 428 (37 493)

1991

Folgefonn

Norway

11 100 (36 417)

2001

Kan-Etsu II

Japan

11 010 (36 122)

1991

 

Largest Capacity Dams

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Dam

Location

Capacity cu km (cu mi)

Syncrude Tailings

Canada

540 000 000 (706 000 000)

Chapetón

Argentina

296 200 000 (387 000 000)

Pati

Argentina

238 180 000 (312 000 000)

New Cornelia Tailings

USA

209 500 000 (274 000 000)

Kambaratinsk

Kyrgyzstan

112 200 000 (147 000 000)

Tarbela

Pakistan

106 000 000 (139 000 000)

Fort Peck

USA

96 050 000 (126 000 000)

Lower Usuma

Nigeria

93 000 000 (122 000 000)

Cipasang

Indonesia

90 000 000 (118 000 000)

Atatürk

Turkey

84 500 000 (110 000000)

 

Tallest Dams

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Dam

Location

Completed

Height m (ft)

Rogun

Vakhsh, Tajikistan

1985

335 (1 099)

Nurek

Vakhsh, Tajikistan

1980

300 (984)

Xiaowan

Lancangjiang, China

* 2012

292 (958)

Grande Dixence

Dixence, Switzerland

1962

285 (935)

Inguri

Inguri, Georgia

1984

272 (892)

Vaiont

Vaiont, Italy

1961

262 (860)

Manuel M. Torres

Chicoasén, Grijalva, Mexico

1981

261 (856)

Tehri

Bhagirathi, India

2006

261 (856)

Alvaro Obregón

Mextiquic, Mexico

1946

260 (853)

Mauvoisin

Drance de Bagnes, Switzerland

1957

250 (820)

* Under construction, estimated completion date 2012